There are two big health stories in the American media that are worth noting for their contrasting approaches. The first is relentless repetition about the dangers of cigarette smoking and obesity. The second story, however, goes in the opposite direction. It is the refusal of the media to acknowledge in any significant way the fact that AIDS still is a potent and ongoing threat to those who engage in homosexual behavior, and that AIDS statistically is much more dangerous than cigarettes or obesity.
Why is AIDS being ignored?
Because it is affecting a select group that is favored by the media.
Here is a CNN story about the death on December 14 of Dennis deLeon, a New York City AIDS activist. Note that the story never mentions in any way that deLeon was a homosexual. It does not even actually say that he died of AIDS or anything related to AIDS:
New York (CNN) — Dennis deLeon, former New York City human rights commissioner and long-time AIDS activist, has died, according to the organization he helped launch. He was 61.
The Latino Commission on AIDS issued a news release Monday, saying that deLeon was a “pioneer” and a “visionary,” as well as a “tireless advocate for social justice and one of the first openly HIV-positive Latino leaders in the country.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised deLeon on Monday, saying in a statement that the activist “demonstrated a lifelong commitment to public service.”
After being appointed as the director of the mayor’s Commission on Latino Concerns in 1986, deLeon went on to serve in other civic roles, including being selected by then-Mayor David Dinkins in 1990 to head the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
In 1994, he returned to the private sector and helped found the Latino Commission on AIDS, where he served as its president for 15 years.
According to its Web site, “The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community.”
“It will be a challenge to pick up the mantle Dennis has left for us at the Commission. Dennis was a friend, a mentor and an example of what a national leader should be. … His work and his dedication to our community will not be forgotten,” said Guillermo Chacon, current Latino Commission on AIDS president, in the release. (end)
So that’s pretty deceptive. Yet if this was a story about a polar bear dying, they sure would mention ‘global warming’ even though the so-called crisis of man-made ‘warming’ is mere media and university conjecture.
Here is how the Advocate, a homosexual newspaper, described deLeon’s death:
Dennis deLeon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS and former New York City human rights commissioner, passed away at the age of 61 on Monday in Manhattan.
According to Bruce Kienan, DeLeon’s longtime companion, the activist died as a result of heart failure.
That’s closer to the truth but still somewhat deceptive. Which makes you wonder why the media are not coming out and saying who deLeon was like angry and outspoken leftists do when they are pointing fingers at everyone else. Why don’t they just come out and write a more accurate obituary like this:
Dennis deLeon, a homosexual AIDS activist who has suffered from the disease for 23 years, has died at age 61 of heart failure ascribed to deteriorating health from HIV.
Here is what the hallowed New York Times wrote about deLeon:
Dennis deLeon, a former New York City human rights commissioner who was one of the first city officials to announce that he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS and who later led one of the nation’s most influential advocacy groups for Latinos with AIDS, died Monday in Manhattan. He was 61.
‘Grown weaker in recent years’? That sounds like the current state of many homosexuals. But the media don’t seem to want to talk about it. Yet ‘grown weaker’ is extremely common in the homosexual community where thousands die each year after wasting away for long periods. And I should know. I witnessed it myself. Here is my personal experience with someone who had AIDS:
My cousin was a homosexual. He lived in New York City for the last 16 years of his life and died of AIDS in 1996 at age 39. His disease took more than two years to finally kill him. He went blind before he died.
I know that my cousin began to engage in homosexual activity around 1982. By the time I moved there in autumn of 1985, the male companion with whom my cousin was living had died. So obviously from that point on, at age 29, my cousin was living under a cloud of death. That is a very rapid advance of malignancy from his first homosexual contact.
This is a very negative outlook for a young male who is supposed to be in the prime of his life and contributing to society rather than taking large amounts of health care from society as his companion certainly had done and that he eventually would do on account of his lifestyle and behavior.
During the final two years of his life, I saw my cousin on three occasions. I realized that he did not really want me to be involved in his illness and so I kept my distance. I also realized that I did not really want to be around him because I had a beautiful daughter and did not know what I might be exposing myself to.
Sixteen months before my cousin died, his wonderful, hard-working widowed mother died from the stress that she was under from knowing about his disease, and knowing that he was going to die. It must have been a very painful experience for my cousin to attend his own mother’s funeral under the circumstances, and to know that he soon would be gone too.
I visited my cousin near the end, and one of his homosexual friends came to visit when I was there. This I found deeply disturbing because after all, this disease is spread by and among homosexuals and I knew that my cousin had been given this disease by people just like his friend.
Three of my cousin’s homosexual acquaintances attended his funeral even though it was several hundred miles away from New York. I imagined that it must be a really scary lifestyle to be attending funerals of contemporaries at such a young age.
In preparing this editorial, I made one brief foray onto the internet to find out what I could about homosexual health statistics. Within just a few minutes, I came up with the following paragraphs from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about ‘men who have sex with men’ (MSM).
Over the past several years, increases in syphilis among MSM have been reported in various cities and areas, including Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Southern California, Miami, and New York City. In the recent outbreaks, high rates of HIV co-infection were documented, ranging from 20 percent to 70 percent. While the health problems caused by syphilis in adults are serious in their own right, it is now known that the genital sores caused by syphilis in adults also make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV infection sexually after the disease has been successfully treated….
Genital sores (chancres) caused by syphilis make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV infection sexually. There is an estimated 2- to 5-fold increased risk of acquiring HIV if exposed to that infection when syphilis is present….
Ulcerative STDs that cause sores, ulcers, or breaks in the skin or mucous membranes, such as syphilis, disrupt barriers that provide protection against infections. The genital ulcers caused by syphilis can bleed easily, and when they come into contact with oral and rectal mucosa during sex, increase the infectiousness of and susceptibility to HIV. Having other STDs is also an important predictor for becoming HIV infected because STDs are a marker for behaviors associated with HIV transmission.
Elsewhere I found:
Gay and bisexual men are 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than heterosexual men.
Men with weak immune systems, including those who have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are more likely than other men to develop anal cancer. Men with HIV are also more likely to get severe cases of genital warts that are hard to treat.
Also from CDC in 2008:
*“The number of new syphilis infections in the United States rose last year for the first time in 11 years, with large increases occurring among men who have sex with men…”
*“In the United States, HIV and AIDS have had a tremendous impact on MSM (men who have sex with men). Consider the facts:
*“AIDS has been diagnosed for more than half a million MSM.”
*“Over 300,000 MSM have died since the beginning of the epidemic.” (This translates mathematically into a proportional death rate of 30 million people in the general population, or about 1 million deaths per year. – Nikitas)
*“MSM made up more than two-thirds (68%) of all men living with HIV in 2005.”
*“In a large CDC study, conducted in sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics in five major cities, researchers found the rate of new HIV infections among MSM to be nine times higher than among women and heterosexual men.”
This is extremely grim stuff and is typical of the kind of information you can find with just a cursory investigation into homosexual health statistics. And while the liberal left is on a virtual jihad against obesity and cigarette smoking – with programs in public schools, state-sponsored calls to quit, and an anti-smoking media – homosexuality is actually being encouraged in the schools and in the media when it is in fact much more dangerous and leads to significantly shorter lifespans than cigarettes or obesity do.
Why are not higher insurance premiums required for homosexuals, as they are for cigarette smokers?
Obviously there is a huge cover-up going on in the homosexual community and in the media much like there was a huge cover-up going on in the tobacco industry in the 1950s about the dangers of cigarettes. If the Surgeon General were responsible today, he would issue a sweeping report about the dangers of homosexuality – like the big report on cigarettes in 1963 – to make more people aware.
But it is politically incorrect to do so, and thus many will suffer. The media also are neglecting to report high rates of suicide, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse among homosexuals, instead falsely portraying homosexuality as a “gay” life, with people like perky comedienne Ellen DeGeneres ostensibly representing it.
After the abhorrent attacks on Miss California Carrie Prejean after she very graciously expressed her support for traditional marriage, it is obvious that the homosexual movement is going to use every intimidation tactic in the book to silence those who oppose the gay life. Many thousands of people have lost their jobs because they oppose homosexuality. Miss California did. She was denied the Miss USA crown on account of her answer, and fired as Miss California.
One homosexual group even published a map on the internet showing the names, locations and addresses of people in San Francisco who had donated to California’s traditional marriage Proposition 8. This is a dreadful tactic that is used to intimidate opponents of the homosexual lifestyle and every American should condemn it. It is a totalitarian tactic.
Millions of Americans have stories like mine – homosexual acquaintances, neighbors, friends or family who have fallen ill or died. But few are willing to talk about it for fear of retribution, and so there is no “connecting the dots” about the extent of the crisis. The media certainly will never cover it.
My personal experience with my cousin is a powerful one that leads me to my views. I have always been opposed to homosexuality on moral grounds to start. Add to that the high rates of disease and death in gay males and the destruction I witnessed in my own family, and you have a much clearer picture of why I oppose homosexuality. I can see no gain in further legitimizing a dangerous lifestyle.
Please visit my website at www.nikitas3.com for more. You can print out for free my book, Right Is Right, which explains why only conservatism can maintain our freedom and prosperity.